Hello Gleeks! This week our beloved cast faces some very real issues; passing high school, domestic violence, and getting into college.
Noah Puckerman, our favorite rebellious student, is facing some tough issues; he’s currently unable to graduate high school! In order to pass, he needs to pass his European geography test, and his usual “swoon the teachers” method did not work for him this week (though quite funny). At first, he decides just to quit school altogether, pack up, and make his way to L.A. He goes out with a bang by singing School’s Out, even lighting his guitar on fire. Things were going as planned until his father showed up… the one he hasn’t seen in 5 years! His father (played by Thomas Calabro), comes seeking his son’s aid and ends up taking 500 dollars from Puck, which was most of the money he had saved up for his pool business.
Puck realises he doesn’t want to end up like his father, a high school drop out asking his own son for money, so he comes to the guys in the Glee club for help. The boys, helpful as ever, make it their goal to make sure that Puck passes this European geography exam. Puck starts to get the hang of it after all of the guys perform The Rain in Spain. The downside of this is that Puck seems to only remember the parts of the song, which does not nearly cover all of the test, as we see at the end of the episode. His teacher gives him an F The episode ends, leaving us suspended there, not knowing Puck’s future. What do you think will happen?
Coach Beiste comes back to school with a huge bruise on her eye. Santana, Brittany, Tina, Mercedes, and Sugar see this and immediately Santana makes a joke about how maybe it was Cooter who got her in the eye. Roz Washington, upon hearing this, storms up to the girls. She tells them it’s not right to joke about domestic violence, and how serious an issue it is. Roz and Sue (or as Sue calls them, Black Sue and Original Recipe Sue), with the help of Beiste, try to teach the girls a lesson by having them sing a song that represents empowering woman getting away from the violence. The girls chose a song from Chicago; the Cell Block Tango. About partway through the performance, Beiste abruptly leaves. Roz and Sue yell at the girls for prancing around the stage acting like crazy woman in their underwear, and go after Beiste. It turns out Beiste didn’t really have a bad accident with the punching bag, Cooter had hit her when he came home drunk and she hadn’t done the dishes. Her reasoning for not leaving was that she’s afraid no one else will ever love her.
After coming out to Sue and Roz, Sue invited Beiste to come stay at her house to get away. Beiste agrees, but never shows. When confronted about it, she said she went and stayed with her sister, Denise, instead. When the girls find out about what really happened, they’re terribly sorry and feel horribly guilty for playing a joke on it the other day. Beiste reassures them and tells them that she did indeed get out, and was staying with her sister. The girls were so proud of her that Tina, Santana, and Mercedes sang her the song Shake It Out. During the performance, we find out that she really wasn’t staying with her sister; Beiste went back to Cooter and gave him a second chance. Poor Shannon How do you think Glee handled the domestic violence issue?
This week was a big week for Kurt and Rachel; they had their NYADA auditions. We get a Rachel voice over at the beginning, where she goes over her extensive routine of preparing for a big performance. Finn is very supportive of her and helping her practice. We see Kurt practicing as well, with his supportive boyfriend Blaine and friend Tina helping him rehearse Music of the Night from Phantom of the Opera. After some thought, Kurt decides that singing Music of the Night is playing it too safe so he decides to do Not the Boy Next Door. Upon hearing this, Rachel is horrified and breaks her silence. She is singing Don’t Rain on My Parade, which she has been belting out since she was two, and tells Kurt he shouldn’t take such a risk for such an important performance. After saying she will help him during his performance, he agrees to do Music of the Night.
The day comes and the pair is very nervous. Rachel finds out just before they’re up who the judge is, Carmen Tibideaux (played by Whoopi Goldberg). She is one of NYADA’s most infamous alums who has zero tolerance for imperfection. When Kurt comes strutting out in his Phantom uniform, she seems unimpressed, which prompts Kurt to change his performance, last-minute, to Not the Boy Next Door. He does wonderfully; it’s a fun performance that shows off how great a dancer he is (and how flexible!), all while wearing a very tight pair of gold pants (I’m not complaining). After the performance, Tibideaux tells him that she was very impressed by the risk he took, and he leaves the stage beaming. Up next is Rachel, who is very prepared to sing Don’t Rain on My Parade. The unthinkable happens as she’s barely gotten started on her performance; she chokes. She anxiously asks for another try, which is allowed, and she messes up again! Tibideaux had enough, and left Rachel sobbing for a third try on the stage. I’ll admit, I was crying along with her.
I wa absolutely devastated. She has worked so hard for it, and our golden star Rachel Berry messed up one of the most important auditions of her life. All of this sadness leads to a HummelBerry scene by the lockers, where Kurt tries to reassure her by saying she killed the beginning of the song and that she’s still going to go to New York with him. She breaks down and tells him she hasn’t slept in days and just really doesn’t want to talk about it. This opens up to an extremely emotional solo from Rachel, Cry by Kelly Clarkson. What do you think is next in store for Rachel Berry?
Honorable Mention: We get a Bike Chanderson (Blaine and Mike) scene! Mike comes to Blaine with a question. Tina wants him to gel his hair for prom, and who else to go to then Blaine?! Blaine gives him some helpful tips; never comb after gelling, and adding sweat or water will give it a whole new look. I love these two together
I hope you guys enjoyed this week! It was very emotional, but also a very good episode. What was your favorite song? Are you excited for prom next week!? Rate the episode in the comments! See you next week, as we continue our countdown to graduation…